Faust

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Peter Salm (Translator)
Bantam Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553213485, 464pp.

Publication Date: July 1988

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Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. Here, in Faust, Part I, the tremendous versatility of Goethe’s genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in literature. Here too we experience Goethe’s characteristic humor, the excitement and eroticism of the witches’ Walpurgis Night, and the moving emotion of Gretchen’s tragic fate.

This authoritative edition, which offers Peter Salm’s wonderfully readable translation as well as the original German on facing pages, brings us Faust in a vital, rhythmic American idiom that carefully preserves the grandeur, integrity, and poetic immediacy of Goethe’s words.




About the Author
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), a towering figure in German literature, was the author of "The Sorrows of Young Werther, Faust, Italian Journey, The Theory of Colours" (MIT Press edition, 1970), and many other works.

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